Kerry connections to the 2022 Bumblebee 1000 VIP Drive

Kerry people and places played a key role in the running of the 2022 Bumblebee 1000 VIP Drive.

The supercar road run raised money for the Little Blue Hero’s charity, a not-for-profit charity operated entirely by Garda members and staff. It aims to help families in need from local communities in Ireland who have children undergoing long-term medical treatment for serious illness.

A fleet of amazing cars  including Lamborghinis, McLarens, Bentleys, American muscle cars, Nissan GTRs, Audis, AMG Mercedes, Jaguars, and a Ford RS200 took part in this year’s event. 

After setting out from Barberstown Castle in Straffan County Kildare on Saturday morning  the cars and crews overnighted at the Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney. 

They visited Tralee, Aughcashla and the Conor Pass on their way to the finish line at the Dingle Skellig on Sunday evening. 

Several Kerry people were involved in the event. 

Listowel man Graham Kennedy was one of the organisers. He has been involved in similar events like the Cannonball and super car events in Germany. 

“It was always a dream of mine to bring these supercar events to my home county,” said Graham who spent the weekend dressed as Evil Knievel as he collected donations.

Well-known co-driver and Garda Tommy Commane is the Little Blue Hero rep at Newcastlewest Garda Station and he was on hand for traffic management duties on Saturday as the run passed through County Limerick. 

Front row Ollie Lynch,Cian o Mahony,David Wallace.Back row Claire Louise Maher,Barry Carmody

Kerry Motor Club provided the bulk of the marshals for the Aughcashla pitstop and the Conor Pass.  Jason Clifford and Mark Lyons took charge of the top of the Pass and played other roles too during the weekend.

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